Tim Burton is not a man afraid to look to the past. A quick glance at the director’s filmography reveals a fistful of adaptations, remakes, and reboots -- for a guy with a strong, distinctive narrative and visual style, he seems remarkably eager to put his own stamp on other people’s stories. But with his latest project, he is for the first time rethinking one of his own concepts. In 1984, when Burton was an animator for Disney, he directed a short film that put an idiosyncratic twist on the story of a boy and his dog. Spending too much of Disney’s money on the 30-minute Frankenweenie
got him booted from his job in the animation department, only to launch his ...